All NEW Look For Modern Style Mama

Sorry for the delay in posts this week.  I have been working hard to give Modern Style Mama a much needed fresh new look for the New Year.  I didn’t want to wait several months on a waiting list so I decided to play around with things on my own.  I searched around and purchased a header from Delicious Design Studio and did the rest myself.  I’m certainly not a professional but I think I did a pretty decent job.  I’m sure I will make some more changes so please bare with me.  I may even decide to seek professional designing help down the road but for now this is my NEW look.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

All NEW Look For Modern Style Mama

Sorry for the delay in posts this week.  I have been working hard to give Modern Style Mama a much needed fresh new look for the New Year.  I didn’t want to wait several months on a waiting list so I decided to play around with things on my own.  I searched around and purchased a header from Delicious Design Studio and did the rest myself.  I’m certainly not a professional but I think I did a pretty decent job.  I’m sure I will make some more changes so please bare with me.  I may even decide to seek professional designing help down the road but for now this is my NEW look.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Santa Is Real…I Have Proof

Make your child/children’s Christmas even more magical this year.  I can’t wait to see the look on our boys faces when I tell them I caught Santa under the tree this year.  It will be even better when I show them the picture I took!  Oh yes, I really have a picture of Santa under OUR TREE!

 I found a fantastic website ( http://www.icaughtsanta.com )  this year that allows you to place a picture of Santa in a picture of your very own home.  They have several borders and pictures of Santa to chose from!  It does cost $9.99 but it’s well worth seeing the extra little bit of magic in your children’s eyes when they see it.  I CAN’T WAIT!
Merry Christmas!
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Santa Is Real…I Have Proof

Make your child/children’s Christmas even more magical this year.  I can’t wait to see the look on our boys faces when I tell them I caught Santa under the tree this year.  It will be even better when I show them the picture I took!  Oh yes, I really have a picture of Santa under OUR TREE!

 I found a fantastic website ( http://www.icaughtsanta.com )  this year that allows you to place a picture of Santa in a picture of your very own home.  They have several borders and pictures of Santa to chose from!  It does cost $9.99 but it’s well worth seeing the extra little bit of magic in your children’s eyes when they see it.  I CAN’T WAIT!
Merry Christmas!
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Best Christmas Cut-Out Recipe Ever

I know I usually post a healthy recipe makeover.  But it’s Christmas and it’s okay to splurge a little every once in awhile.  I haven’t found a good low fat sugar cookie recipe anyway.  It is “all natural” ingredients at least!  

(Pic from a few years ago.  We are baking ours later this week.)

Christmas Cut Out Cookies
Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter *better taste w/ butter*

1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla (organic)
2 eggs
2 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
(all ingredients should be at room temperature)


Directions:
Heat oven to 375 degrees F. 
Cream together butter and sugar, add eggs and vanilla and mix until light and fluffy.
Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium mixing bowl.

Add dry ingredients a little at a time and mix until combined. Use hands if necessary so dough holds together.  
Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
Roll out dough 1/8 inch thick on floured surface.  Cut cookies into desired shapes and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 6-8 minutes or until very light golden brown.  Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.  Frost and decorate once cooled.  

Makes about 4 dozen 2 – 2 1/2 inch cookies
*I tend to make a lot less.  But I also make them thicker than 1/8 inch and bigger than 2 inches.

Posted in desserts | Leave a comment

The Best Christmas Cut-Out Recipe Ever

I know I usually post a healthy recipe makeover.  But it’s Christmas and it’s okay to splurge a little every once in awhile.  I haven’t found a good low fat sugar cookie recipe anyway.  It is “all natural” ingredients at least!  

(Pic from a few years ago.  We are baking ours later this week.)

Christmas Cut Out Cookies
Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter *better taste w/ butter*

1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla (organic)
2 eggs
2 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
(all ingredients should be at room temperature)


Directions:
Heat oven to 375 degrees F. 
Cream together butter and sugar, add eggs and vanilla and mix until light and fluffy.
Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium mixing bowl.

Add dry ingredients a little at a time and mix until combined. Use hands if necessary so dough holds together.  
Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
Roll out dough 1/8 inch thick on floured surface.  Cut cookies into desired shapes and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 6-8 minutes or until very light golden brown.  Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.  Frost and decorate once cooled.  

Makes about 4 dozen 2 – 2 1/2 inch cookies
*I tend to make a lot less.  But I also make them thicker than 1/8 inch and bigger than 2 inches.

Posted in desserts | Leave a comment

Mama Wants an Olympus PEN For Christmas

I still have a little bit of Christmas Sparkle in me.  The fuzzy warm excited feeling you get as Christmas is NOW only days away.  I may not be a little girl anymore but I can still make my own Christmas WISH List!

The New Olympus PEN E-PM 1 is officially on it. 

Yes, I do realize that Christmas is only 6 days away.  Most likely all my gifts have probably already been purchased.  But a girl can WISH for one anyway.

Here are some of the reasons I want it so much.
It has…

  • Fast Shutter Response. Never miss a shot again with the E-PM1’s Fast Shutter Response time of less than 60 milliseconds. The TruePic VI feature allows for reduced shot-to-shot time by shortening the black-out time between shots.
  • Professional Audio Sound Capture. Take Videos that are able to capture uncompressed CD-quality 16bit/44.1kHz Linear PCM stereo recording or AC3 Dolby Digital audio.
  • Full 1080 HD Video Shoot up to 29 minutes of 1080 60i HD Video and stereo sound in either AVCHD or AVI formats. A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with just the press of a button.
  • It comes in 6 different colors…Black, Silver, White, Brown,…PINK! and PURPLE!
  • Light-weight design

Absolutely fabulous.  As a mama to four rambunctious boys I take a lot of pictures.  I prefer true in the moment pictures.  I need a good camera.  The overall quality, speed, and ease of use are all very important to me.  A camera that has video quality that is equally as good is an even bigger plus.

I am simply beside myself and pretty jealous that I was not apart of

The PEN Ready Project!  
Changing The Way We Capture The World
Olympus gave over a 1000 random people in 6 different cities across the US
the New Olympus PEN E-PM1 for FREE!  

Oh yes, I said FREE!  Are you thinking Why?  For What?  Oh for no major reason.  Just to simply show ordinary everyday people how fabulous and easy it is to take great pictures.
To see what they shot, go to http://penready.com.  

Take a look at how Olympus surprised people with the Olympus PEN camera below.

What a great early Christmas Surprise. I love to see the reaction on people’s faces when they get something completely unexpected. Pure joy and appreciation. Now that’s what Christmas is all about.

PS.  Dear Santa, I would be very thankful if I received one. ((WINK, WINK))

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Olympus.  All opinions are my own and were not influenced in anyway.  

Posted in Olympus PEN, PEN Ready Project | Leave a comment

Mama Wants an Olympus PEN For Christmas

I still have a little bit of Christmas Sparkle in me.  The fuzzy warm excited feeling you get as Christmas is NOW only days away.  I may not be a little girl anymore but I can still make my own Christmas WISH List!

The New Olympus PEN E-PM 1 is officially on it. 

Yes, I do realize that Christmas is only 6 days away.  Most likely all my gifts have probably already been purchased.  But a girl can WISH for one anyway.

Here are some of the reasons I want it so much.
It has…

  • Fast Shutter Response. Never miss a shot again with the E-PM1’s Fast Shutter Response time of less than 60 milliseconds. The TruePic VI feature allows for reduced shot-to-shot time by shortening the black-out time between shots.
  • Professional Audio Sound Capture. Take Videos that are able to capture uncompressed CD-quality 16bit/44.1kHz Linear PCM stereo recording or AC3 Dolby Digital audio.
  • Full 1080 HD Video Shoot up to 29 minutes of 1080 60i HD Video and stereo sound in either AVCHD or AVI formats. A Direct HD Movie Button switches you from still to movie mode with just the press of a button.
  • It comes in 6 different colors…Black, Silver, White, Brown,…PINK! and PURPLE!
  • Light-weight design

Absolutely fabulous.  As a mama to four rambunctious boys I take a lot of pictures.  I prefer true in the moment pictures.  I need a good camera.  The overall quality, speed, and ease of use are all very important to me.  A camera that has video quality that is equally as good is an even bigger plus.

I am simply beside myself and pretty jealous that I was not apart of

The PEN Ready Project!  
Changing The Way We Capture The World
Olympus gave over a 1000 random people in 6 different cities across the US
the New Olympus PEN E-PM1 for FREE!  

Oh yes, I said FREE!  Are you thinking Why?  For What?  Oh for no major reason.  Just to simply show ordinary everyday people how fabulous and easy it is to take great pictures.
To see what they shot, go to http://penready.com.  

Take a look at how Olympus surprised people with the Olympus PEN camera below.

What a great early Christmas Surprise. I love to see the reaction on people’s faces when they get something completely unexpected. Pure joy and appreciation. Now that’s what Christmas is all about.

PS.  Dear Santa, I would be very thankful if I received one. ((WINK, WINK))

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Olympus.  All opinions are my own and were not influenced in anyway.  

Posted in Olympus PEN, PEN Ready Project | Leave a comment

Mental Notes For Mommy…Try To Live In The Moment & Be Grateful

I would be lying if I said I haven’t had days when for a second I thought “What the hell did I get myself into?” or  “Am I really meant to be a mom?”  
Motherhood isn’t easy.  It can be frustrating, overwhelming, and exhausting.  
Motherhood changes you.
It teaches you patience and what it means to be self-less.
The instant feeling of unconditional LOVE is like no other.    
As mothers, we only want the very best for our children.  Constantly praying we are making the right decisions.  Beating ourselves up if we haven’t.  Hoping we haven’t scarred our child/children for life.  We have good days, fun days, bad days, and sometimes very unpleasant days.  Many of us venture through each day with our regular daily routine and checking off To Do lists.   
On occasion we might stop and pause for a moment to truly look at those who surround us and the life we are living.  Life gets so busy and days seem to melt right into the next.  Are you really taking it all in?  
But then something happens…

Have you ever had a moment when something happens and you simply STOP what your are doing, take a deep breathe, and your emotions overwhelm you.  In that moment you feel sadness, maybe a little guilt, and happiness all at the same time.  
I was driving home when that song about the little boy wanting to buy Christmas Shoes for his mama came on the radio.  UGH!  That song gets be every time.  But this time is was more.  This Christmas a wonderful fun loving friend is no longer with us.  She lost her battle with breast cancer this past May at the young age of 38.  Just a few houses down from ours, her husband and young son will be making their best attempt at celebrating Christmas without her.

Then again the very same day…I heard the news that a local young 17 year old girl full of life and promise passed away after fighting for her life for 3 days.  Why…because a man decided to make a bad choice and drive drunk.

There is no concert handbook on motherhood.  No guide to tell us what to do or how to react.  No one knows how long we or our children will be here on earth.

But there is a few things I do know.

We need to STOP comparing ourselves to others.
Stop thinking about what may or may not happen.
Stop worrying about what’s next.

We need to try to live in the moment.  Soak it all in and be grateful for what we do have.  

Posted in mental notes for mommy | Leave a comment

Mental Notes For Mommy…Try To Live In The Moment & Be Grateful

I would be lying if I said I haven’t had days when for a second I thought “What the hell did I get myself into?” or  “Am I really meant to be a mom?”  
Motherhood isn’t easy.  It can be frustrating, overwhelming, and exhausting.  
Motherhood changes you.
It teaches you patience and what it means to be self-less.
The instant feeling of unconditional LOVE is like no other.    
As mothers, we only want the very best for our children.  Constantly praying we are making the right decisions.  Beating ourselves up if we haven’t.  Hoping we haven’t scarred our child/children for life.  We have good days, fun days, bad days, and sometimes very unpleasant days.  Many of us venture through each day with our regular daily routine and checking off To Do lists.   
On occasion we might stop and pause for a moment to truly look at those who surround us and the life we are living.  Life gets so busy and days seem to melt right into the next.  Are you really taking it all in?  
But then something happens…

Have you ever had a moment when something happens and you simply STOP what your are doing, take a deep breathe, and your emotions overwhelm you.  In that moment you feel sadness, maybe a little guilt, and happiness all at the same time.  
I was driving home when that song about the little boy wanting to buy Christmas Shoes for his mama came on the radio.  UGH!  That song gets be every time.  But this time is was more.  This Christmas a wonderful fun loving friend is no longer with us.  She lost her battle with breast cancer this past May at the young age of 38.  Just a few houses down from ours, her husband and young son will be making their best attempt at celebrating Christmas without her.

Then again the very same day…I heard the news that a local young 17 year old girl full of life and promise passed away after fighting for her life for 3 days.  Why…because a man decided to make a bad choice and drive drunk.

There is no concert handbook on motherhood.  No guide to tell us what to do or how to react.  No one knows how long we or our children will be here on earth.

But there is a few things I do know.

We need to STOP comparing ourselves to others.
Stop thinking about what may or may not happen.
Stop worrying about what’s next.

We need to try to live in the moment.  Soak it all in and be grateful for what we do have.  

Posted in mental notes for mommy | Leave a comment